The 2023 US open golf championship will be the 123rd time this tournament of male golfing professionals have played. If you didn’t already know, this tournament is run by the United States Golf Association, and is the third most played golfing event. This momentous event comes around once every year - and we are here to tell you everything you need to know. This tournament follows The Masters, and the PGA championship.
The Format Of The US Open Golf Championship
Starting off, players will begin with the 18-hole local qualifying, which occurs at 109 sites across 44 U.S. states & Canada. The golfers who end up advancing will then join a group of locally exempt players in final qualifying. This will be held over 36 holes at 13 sites between May 16th and June 5th.
During the four-week stretch of the local qualifying round, which runs between April 17th and May 22nd, the United States Golf Association will preview some of the players and the sites before leading onto the final qualifying. If you want to tune in and watch this nail biting competition, it will be held in England on May 16th, Japan on May 22nd and Canada on June 5th as well as at 10 U.S. sites, including one on May 22nd and nine on June 5th.
If you weren't already aware, the general grouping and tee times for this competition will be determined by the USGA. A week before everyone tees off, the USGA will announce these pairings. As for the location, the first round will be taking place in Los Angeles Country Club, on the north course.
Who To Watch Out For In 2023
As golf extraordinaires, we are often asked who you should be watching out for in US Open Golf Championship 2023 - well, we have an answer for you. Matt Fitzpatrick is the defending champion, and is coming back this year to back up his golfing title.
Fitzpatrick won the US Open in 2022 at 6-under-par 274, with one stroke ahead of the runners up who were Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler. Here at The Bigger Ball, we are looking forward to seeing Matt Fitzpatrick tee off once more!
Another player we have our eye on is James Leow who is attempting to become the first player to represent Singapore to play in the US Open. Peter Teravainen played in 1997, ahead of Leow, but since then, the country has not had a representative. After his win in 2022, at the Pacific Coast Amateur, he advanced to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Erin Hills. Now, Leow will begin his U.S. Open journey at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, in Maricopa, Arizona, on May 2nd.
Also, not to mention, two former professional athletes are also taking the course this year. From stadium to golf course, Tony Romo will be swapping their football for clubs this season. Romo was a four-time pro bowl quarterback for the National Football League, Dallas Cowboys, but has since moved on to be lead analyst for CBS sports and has recently become a regular in the qualifying round. Now, he is looking to move forward in this golfing career, by quality for a second time on May 3rd.
Whereas Shigetoshi Hasegawa will be hanging up his baseball jersey, and grabbing a club for this US Open 2023, following a nine-year Major League Baseball career where he played for the Anaheim Angels and Seattle Mariners. Shigetoshi Hasegawa is looking to compete at The Grand Golf Club, in San Diego, on May 4th.
How To Tune In The US Open Golf Championship 2023
Short of booking a ticket to the American golf tournament, there are a few streaming options where you can watch this competition unfold. Peacock, NBCSports.com, sky sports and the NBC Sports App will all be holding exclusive coverage, and will be showing you highlights from the beginning and end of each day of the competition which you can also find on YouTube!